Frequently Asked Questions About German Shorthaired Pointer Dogs

What kind of temperament and personality does the German Shorthaired Pointer have?
I give you my honest opinions about German Shorthaired Pointer temperament and personality traits and characteristics – positives AND negatives

Do crossbred or mixed breed German Shorthaired Pointers make good pets?
Many do make good pets, yes, in the right homes. But before you choose ANY purebred, crossbreed, or mixed breed, you need to know what a purebred dog really IS – and what crossbred and mixed breed dogs really are.

Can you help me decide whether the German Shorthaired Pointer is the best breed for me?
Yes, I offer personal consultations on choosing the best breed for your family and lifestyle.

Do male dogs or female dogs make better pets?
Ah, let the debate begin! Honestly, male German Shorthaired Pointers have pros and cons, and female German Shorthaired Pointers have pros and cons.

If I just want a dog for a pet, not for showing or breeding, does it matter whether he has AKC registration papers?

First you need to know what registration papers really mean – and don’t mean. You might THINK you know, but you might be wrong!

There’s an adorable German Shorthaired Pointer puppy at the pet shop. The store manager assures me they only buy from responsible breeders. Could this be true?
No. There are no responsible German Shorthaired Pointer breeders who would ever place one of their German Shorthaired Pointer puppies in a pet shop for resale.

How do I find a good German Shorthaired Pointer breeder?
It’s hard! The sad truth is that the vast majority of people offering German Shorthaired Pointer puppies for sale are unknowledgeable, irresponsible, completely clueless

I’m interested in adopting a dog rather than buying from a dog breeder. How do I find German Shorthaired Pointers for adoption?
You can find German Shorthaired Pointers available for adoption from dog rescue groups or from the animal shelter.

How do I housebreak my German Shorthaired Pointer?
The key to housebreaking your German Shorthaired Pointer is confinement, confinement, confinement.

My German Shorthaired Pointer has some behavior problems I’d like to solve.
Respect training solves behavior problems much better than obedience training.

I have to take my German Shorthaired Pointer to the vet soon for shots. Which vaccinations does he really need?

The schedule of vaccinations that dogs really need has changed dramatically – but unfortunately most vets are not telling you the truth about this, because a good chunk of their income depends on frequent vaccinations.

What are the pros and cons of spaying and neutering my German Shorthaired Pointer, and when should it be done?
Spaying and neutering are often recommended too early, which can lead to health problems later in life.

My vet doesn’t agree with some of the things you’ve written about health care.
My advice is based on the latest research by veterinary immunologists, and it’s the same advice given by most licensed veterinarians who belong to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. If this advice sounds different from what your own veterinarian is telling you, it’s a good bet that he or she does not belong to the AHVMA.